The Wilsford Family

Compiled by Stewart Baldwin

John Wilsford , of Nether Broughton, co. Leicester, England, later of Fenny Stanton, co. Huntingdon, and Chesterfield, Burlington county, New Jersey, married in England before 1665, Alice _____, whose maiden name is unknown. John and Alice Wilsford make their first known appearance in the records of the Old Dalby Monthly Meeting in Leicestershire in 2nd month [April] of 1665, and they then appear regularly in those records (either as witnesses to marriages or in the birth and death records of their children) until 1st month [March] of 1675/6. [1] Starting in 5th month [July] of 1678, John Wilsford begins to appear regularly as a witness to marriages of the Monthly Meeting of Huntingdonshire, [2] so they appear to have moved sometime during the intervening period, apparently to Fenny Stanton, co. Huntingdon. [3] On 14 5th month [July] 1685, John Wilsford Sr., having declared his intention to remove to Pennsylvania [sic], was granted a certificate of removal by Friends in co. Huntingdon, which was received by the Chesterfield Monthly Meeting in New Jersey. [4] By 20 11th month [Jan] 1685/6, he was living in Chesterfield, upon Crosswicks Creek. [5] Alice Wilsford, wife of John, was buried on 31 1st month [March] 1688. [6] John Wilsford was still alive on 28 Sep 1695, when he, his son John Jr., and his daughters Mary and Sarah were mentioned in the will of Thomasin Towle of Burlington county, New Jersey, widow of Percival Towle of Burlington county, whose will, dated 26 Oct 1691, had also named John Wilsford as a legatee. [7]

Children of John and Alice Wilsford: [8]

1. Mary Wilsford, bur. late 2mo. [Apr] 1665

2. Thomas Wilsford, bur. 18 2mo. [Apr] 1673

3. John Wilsford, b. 19 1mo. [Mar] 1666[/7], was apprenticed to Joseph Holt, of Okeham, co. Rutland, England, with whom he was living on 3 5mo. [July] 1685, when he was granted a certificate of removal to America. [9] Soon after 4 2mo. [Apr] 1695, under the jurisdiction of Chesterfield MM, NJ, John Wilsford Jr. md. Rebecca Baker. [10] He settled in Bucks co., PA, and was last known to be alive on 11 1mo. [Mar] 1695/6, when the Bucks county court commissioned him (with others) to lay out a road. [11] He appears to have died not long after that, for on 7 10mo. 1697, Rebecca Wilsford was acting alone on a land transaction, [12] and on 4 10mo. [Dec] 1698, Rebecca Wilsford was granted leave by the Burlington MM to marry Abraham Hardiman. [13]

4. Mary Wilsford , b. in England, 6 4mo. [June] 1671. She md., soon after 8 2mo. [Apr] 1697, [14] James Moon , of Bucks co., PA, son of James and Joan Moon.

5. Sarah Wilsford, b. 11 9mo. [Nov] 1673, m. soon after 7 7mo. 1698, [15] William Croasdale. They had a son Wilsford Croasdale, who was b. 26 6mo. 1699 and died 24 9mo. 1700. No other children of William and Sarah (Wilsford) Croasdale are known

6. Hannah Wilsford, b. 9 12mo. [Feb], bur. 11 1mo [Mar] 1675/6.


[1] The Monthly Meeting (MM) is called the "Old Dalby" MM in the Family History Library (FHL) Catalog, but is called "Leicester" MM on the microfilm (number 811752).
[2] FHL film number 814833.
[3] The removal certificate of his son John Jr. (in records of the Chesterfield MM, NJ, on FHL film number 16513) refers to the said John Wilsford Jr. as "sonne of John Wilsford Late of Fenny Stanton in Huntingdonshire."
[4] Removal certificate of John Wilsford Sr., in records of the Chesterfield MM, NJ, on FHL film number 16513.
[5] West Jersey Deeds, B-375.
[6] Records of the Chesterfield MM, NJ, FHL film number 16153.
[7] See New Jersey Colonial Documents (New Jersey Archives), 23: 468-9. If these legacies were motivated by a family relationship, no such relationship is mentioned in the wills
[8] From the Old Dalby records, see above note 1. The birthdates of John Jr., Mary, and Sarah, recorded after the immigration to NJ, were also recorded in the Chesterfield MM records [FHL film number 16153]. The order of birth of the first Mary and of Thomas are unknown.
[9] Removal certificate of John Wilsford Jr., in records of the Chesterfield MM, NJ, on FHL film number 16513.
[10] Chesterfield MM, NJ minutes, on FHL film number 20382. The date is that of the second intent to marry.
[11] Records of the Courts of Quarter Sessions and Common Pleas of Bucks county Pennsylvania, 1684-1700 (Colonial Soc. of PA, 1943), 193.
[12] ibid., p. 331.
[13] Hinshaw, Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy 2: 274.
[14] The date of her second intention to marry, as reported in the minutes of the Chesterfield MM, NJ, on FHL film number 20382.
[15] On 7 7mo. 1698, the Falls MM, PA gave Sarah Croasdale leave to marry William Croasdale [Hinshaw, Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy 2: 1039.

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